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Millions of people around the world suffer from ulcers An ulcer is a sore or holein the lining of the stomach or duodenum the first part of the small intestinePeople of any age can get an ulcer and women are affected just as often as menWith stomach ulcers H pylori infection is found in 60 to 80 percent of the casesAgain it is still uncertain how the infection acts to cause the ulcer It probablyweakens the protective mucous layer of the stomach This allows acid to seep inand injure the underlying stomach cells However there is still a great deal ofresearch to be done to unravel this relationship In times past physicians weretaught no acid no ulcer The medical profession felt the single most importantfactor causing duodenal ulcers to form was strong stomach acid Research hasnow shown that over 90 of all patients who develop duodenal ulcers have Hpylori infection in the stomach as well Medical studies are under way todetermine the relationship between the two and how an infection in the stomachcan be related to a duodenal ulcer Acid is still important patients without acidin the stomach never get duodenal ulcers However physicians now accept thefact that the infection is directly related to the development of duodenal ulcers Itis now rather easy to clear duodenal ulcers with the strong acid-reducingmedicines available But the ulcers will usually recur unless the H pyloriinfection is also cleared from the stomachAlthough we use to think that spicy food acid and stress were the majorcauses of ulcers we now know that nine out of ten ulcers are caused by Hpylori Helicobacter Pylori is a specific bacteria that can cause infection of thestomach This infection can contribute to the development of diseases such asdyspepsia heartburn bloating and nausea gastritis inflammation of thestomach and ulcers in the stomach and duodenum It will be useful to knowsome things about the upper digestive tract to understand how and whereHelicobacter pylori infection can occur
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